God will use the weak and foolish things of the world to shame the wise and mighty in the flesh.
by Mitch Kuhn
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1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
God is not going to have any flesh glory in his presence, nor anyone take his glory. God will reveal the truth of his power to each of us at our appointed time.
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
God is going to confound, or put to shame the wise and the mighty in the flesh.
From G2596 and G153; to shame down, that is, disgrace or (by implication) put to the blush: – confound, dishonour, (be a-, make a-) shame (-d).
Here is an example of Christ putting his adversaries to shame.
Luk 13:14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation,
because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the
people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore
come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
Luk 13:15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not
each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and
lead him away to watering?
Luk 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom
Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the
Luk 13:17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were
ashamed (G2617): and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things
that were done by him.
In contrast, when we believe and obey Christ we will not be ashamed.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded (ashamed).
God loves to create circumstances that look foolish to the natural mind so he can demonstrate his incredible power.
Here is a great example:
Jdg 7:12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.
Jdg 7:2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee
are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest
Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath
Jdg 7:3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying,
Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount
Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand;
and there remained ten thousand.
Jdg 7:4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many;
bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it
shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same
shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go
with thee, the same shall not go.
Jdg 7:5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said
unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog
lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down
upon his knees to drink.
Jdg 7:6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to
their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people
bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
Jdg 7:7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.
Remember that all of these stories in the Old Testament are written for us, to teach us what will take place inside each of us. So too will God put us in impossible looking situations both within ourselves and without, that makes victory and trust in him look foolish to the natural mind.
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and
they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
God also uses the weak things of the world to put the mighty to shame.
The most well known example is David and Goliath. You need to know that there is a spiritual significance to every detail of Goliath and his armor. I’ll point out some key features, as well as the physical attributes that were intimidating.
1Sa 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines,
named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span
Whose height was six cubits and a span; and taking a cubit after the
calculation of Bishop Cumberland (a) to be twenty one inches, and more,
and a span to be half a cubit, the height of this man was eleven feet
– John Gills’ exposition of the entire bible
The exact length of a cubit is in question, so some sources say Goliath was
nine feet nine inches. Either way, this is a very large man.
Goliath was 6 1/2 cubits tall. So with these three numbers we learn that the
beast (number six) will have the unity of God (number one), witnessed to
him (number two). It is through the destruction of our old man, Goliath in
type, that we are brought into unity with God.
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the
body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also
live with him:
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God,
ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
The land that was once ruled by the Philistines is now under the control of
Israel, symbolizing Christ ruling over us as he destroys the beast within.
1Sa 17:51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his
sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his
head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was
dead, they fled.
1Sa 17:53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the
Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
1Sa 17:5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed
with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of
and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass: which
made one hundred and fifty six pounds
-John Gills’ exposition of the entire bible
Brass (copper) is a base metal and needs to be purified. It is not a precious
metal like gold, so this brass helmet is a symbol of a carnal mind.
A coat of mail was to protect the chest, which contains the heart. Five is the
number of grace through faith, symbolizing the chastening grace that our old
man will suffer as his heart is changed.
Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within
you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give
you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my
statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eze 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers;
and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
As Goliath dies, Israel possesses more of the promise land, just as we are
more obedient as the old man within us dies.
5000 = 5x10x10x10. Ten is the number of the completeness of the flesh.
For example it took ten plagues to set Israel free from Egypt. So too must
this spiritual process (number 3) happen to the old man until he is
completely destroyed. We all have to suffer three “tens” spiritually in our life
as we are dying daily and given new life.
1Sa 17:6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass
between his shoulders.
And he had greaves of brass upon his legs,…. Which were a sort of
boots, or leg harnesses, which covered the thighs and legs down to the
heels; such as Iolaus (k) and the Grecians usually wore, as described by
Homer; which are supposed to be double the weight of the helmet, reckoned
at fifteen pounds, so that these must weigh thirty pounds of avoirdupois
Again, brass (copper) is a base metal, not precious like gold. This symbolizes
that the walk (way of life) of the old man in carnal and not in the spirit.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust
of the flesh.
and a target of brass between his shoulders; the Targum is,”a spear or
shield of brass, which came out of the helmet, and a weight of brass upon
his shoulders.”Jarchi says the same, and that it was in the form of a spear to
defend the neck from the sword; it seems to be a corset of brass, worn
between the helmet and the coat of mail for the defense of the neck,
supposed to weigh thirty pounds (l). -John Gills’ exposition of the entire bible
A brass (copper) neck protection is symbolic of our old man being stiff
necked, like Israel in their rebellious state.
Exo 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I
commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have
worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O
Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Exo 32:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and,
behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
Exo 32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against
them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
This is in contrast to a neck that is kissed and praised when the rebellious
return home, as the prodigal son in Luke 15.
Luk 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a
great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on
his neck, and kissed him.
Act 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always
resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
1Sa 17:7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his
spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield
went before him.
and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; the iron
part of the spear, the point of it, which has its name in Hebrew from a flame
of fire, because when brandished it looks shining and flaming; and being the
weight of six hundred shekels, amounted to eighteen pounds and three
quarters of avoirdupois weight, and the whole spear is supposed to weigh
thirty seven pounds and a half; and the whole of this man’s armour is
thought to weigh two hundred and seventy two pounds, thirteen ounces
-John Gills’ exposition of the entire bible
The head of his spear weighed 600 shekels of iron (6x10x10). This is a
witness to our old man’s weapons of warfare being completely carnal. Six is
the number of man, a beast, and two tens is a witness to the completeness
of the flesh in this regard. His spear was the pinnacle of carnal power in the
Iron is an instrument of death. Whereas the sword of the spirit brings life,
the weapons of the carnal man only bring death.
Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that
killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience
and the faith of the saints.
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart.
Num 35:16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
Iron is Associated with the Giants and the Gentiles in the Land, symbolizing our hearts and minds being full of and ruled by evil.
Deu 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof [13 feet, 6 inches], and four cubits [6 feet] the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
Jos 17:16 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us:
and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of
iron, both they who are of Beth-shean and her towns, and they who are of
the valley of Jezreel.
This is in contrast to God’s people having chariots of fire (the word of god).
2Ki 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes,
that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he
saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of
fire round about Elisha.